Three Reasons to Believe the Miracles of the Bible

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #58 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — John 20:30-31: “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

Some people seem to think that the Bible is a book of fairy-tales. That it is full of fantasy stories that you tell children, but all of it is certainly not historically true. A lot of these people discount the Bible because it is full of supernatural, seemingly unbelievable, events called “miracles.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a “miracle” as “an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing or accomplishment. An event manifesting divine intervention, a wonderful occurrence.”

Scholars tell us that there are nearly 60 miracles recorded in the Old Testament and over 40 miracles recorded in the New Testament. These miracles range from the splitting of the Red Sea, the Israelites being healed by looking at a bronze serpent, and Balaam’s donkey talking, to Elijah raising a boy from the dead, Jesus turning water into wine, and Jesus and Peter walking on water. As John’s Gospel tells us, Jesus did many more miracles than those recorded in the Bible. But, still, the Bible is simply full of miraculous events.

How do you respond to miracles? Scientists have spent a great amount of time trying to explain the Bible’s miracles in natural terms. They say that the Nile turned to blood because of algae or that the first born children all died because of bacterial growth in the grain stores which only affected the top part of the grain which the first born children would eat. Or that the Red Sea crossing happened because of an exceptionally low tide – a low tide which then amazingly drowned the entire Egyptian army.

Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the Declaration of Independence, didn’t believe in the Bible’s miracles so much so that he made his own book made up of Bible pages with the miracles left out.

Is that the right attitude to have the miracles in the Bible? Of course, none of us were there when the events happened. But the Bible is not a book where you can pick and choose what you believe. All of the Bible is God’s Word, and you must decide to believe all of it or reject all of it. Today, I am going to give you three reasons why you should believe the miracles of the Bible.

1. The first reason why you should believe the miracles of the Bible is because they are numerous and well documented.

2. The second reason why you should believe the miracles of the Bible is because they were done publicly

3. The third reason why you should believe the miracles of the Bible is because they were always performed with restraint.

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing “Miracles” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

 

Why Jesus Had to Die

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #57 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — John 10:14-18: “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

Muhammad lived until he was 62 years old and died of an illness. Confucius lived until he was 72 years old and died of grief over the loss of his sons and his friends. Historians tell us that Buddha died at age 80 presumably of natural causes. And the Bible tells us that Abraham, the father of the Jews, died in “the good old age” of 175.

Yet, the Bible and history tell us that Jesus died when he was 33 or 34 years old. He did not die a death brought on by illness, grief, or natural causes. He died a violent death. He was arrested, subjected to a mockery of a trial, beaten, scourged, and dragged up a hillside to be crucified on a cross. The leaders of every world religion valued and sought for longevity and permanence. But Jesus Christ willingly laid gave up His life on the cross.

Why did Jesus have to die? Some historians have said that Pilate allowed Jesus to be put to death for politically convenient reasons. Others say that the Jews pushed Pilate to kill Jesus because they hated for saying that He was God and threatening their established religious order. While these two reasons do factor in to the events surrounding Jesus’ death, many people don’t realize that there was a great purpose behind the crucifixion. Jesus had to die for much larger and more weighty reasons.

1. Jesus had to die to bring atonement for humanity.

2. Jesus had to die because He was the perfect sacrifice.

3. Jesus had to die to secure eternal life.

+ Plus, listen to Hillsong singing “Nothing But the Blood” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Will a Loving God Send People to Hell?

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #56 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Revelation 20:11-15: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Today, I want to address a very serious question that many people have. That question is: will a loving God send people to a burning Hell? Many people have raised this question down through the years because, to some, the idea of God sending people to Hell is inconsistent with His character. They cannot imagine the loving, gracious Creator allowing any of His creation to end up in such a horrible place.

Well, allow me to share with you three points that show that even though people go to Hell, God does not send them there.

1. First of all, God is indeed all loving, but He is also all righteous, all holy, and all just.

2. Secondly, we must realize that God never intended for people to go to Hell in the first place.

3. The only reason why people end up in Hell is because of their choices.

+ Plus, listen to Linwood Dillard and the Voices of Citadel singing “The Old Account Was Settled” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

7 Proofs That the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Really Happened (Part 2)

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #55 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — I Corinthians 15:1-9: “…For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”

Today, we are going to look another set of evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact, we are going to look at the most convincing type of evidence there is, and that is eyewitness testimony.

Josh McDowell wrote that, “When studying an event in history, it is important to know whether enough people who were participants or eyewitnesses to the event were alive when the facts about the event were published. If the number of eyewitnesses is substantial, the event can be regarded as fairly well established.”

As we will see today, there is an abundance of eyewitness testimony for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1. The disciples’ testimony is evidence for the resurrection.

2. Jesus’ multiple recorded appearances is proof for the resurrection

3. Third, today, the changed life of James is strong evidence for the resurrection.

4. Fourthly, and finally, Paul’s conversion is evidence for the resurrection.

+ Plus, listen to Ron Kenoly “Jesus is Alive” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

7 Proofs That the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Really Happened (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #54 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Matthew 28:1-9: “…And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you…”

Peter Larson once said, “The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: ‘a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb.’ Jesus entered our world through a door marked, ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked ‘No Exit.'”

On yesterday, we looked at the reality of the virgin birth and saw how that it was essential for our salvation and for God’s plan of redemption. The virgin birth was indeed a miraculous event. And the event that we will talk about today is equally miraculous. We are talking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The resurrection is also one of the foundation stones of Christianity. Without the resurrection, as Christians, we have no real hope of life after death. If Jesus is not alive, then He is not preparing a home for us in Heaven. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:19: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” What Paul is saying is that if we only benefit from the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in this life, and have no hope beyond the grave, then we are just as good as dead. If Jesus was not resurrected, then we have no hope of being resurrected after death ourselves. So, for each of us, the stakes are high when it comes to the resurrection — eternity rests on whether or not the resurrection really happened.

I believe that God knew there would be many people who would refuse to believe that the resurrection happened, and that is why God left so much evidence behind to show that the resurrection of Jesus Christ did indeed take place. In fact, there is so much evidence surrounding the resurrection that we will not be able to cover all of it in this message, so we will deal with three evidences for the resurrection today and then look at more evidence on tomorrow.

1. The evidence of the empty tomb.

2. The evidence that the Bible records women as the first ones to learn that Jesus had been resurrected and the newsbearers of that fact.

3. The radical change in the lives of Jesus’ disciples is proof that Jesus rose from the dead

+ Plus, listen to Fred Hammond singing “Celebrate (He Lives)” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Why the Virgin Birth is Essential

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #53 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Larry King was once asked who he would most want to interview if he could choose any person from all of history. He said that person would be Jesus Christ. The questioner said, ‘If you could interview Jesus Christ, what would you like to ask Him?’ Larry King replied, “I would like to ask Him if He was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.”

Followers of Jesus Christ believe that Jesus Christ was in fact virgin-born. This is one of the foundation stones of the Christian faith. A great deal rests on the fact of Jesus being born of the virgin Mary without the aid of a human father. Without this essential part of God’s redemption process, our salvation would rest on a very shaky foundation.

What is it about the virgin birth that makes it so essential? Why is it so crucial to the redemptive plan of God? Today, allow me to share with you three reasons why we cannot do without the virgin birth if we are to have salvation from sin and eternal life with God in heaven.

1. The virgin birth is essential because without it, Jesus would not have been sinless.

2. The virgin birth is essential because without it, prophecy would not have been fulfilled.

3. The virgin birth is essential because without it, Jesus could not have been the Son of God.

+ Plus, listen to Ron Kenoly singing “Jesus is Alive” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Is Jesus God?

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #52 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — John 8:51-59

Most people agree that Jesus Christ was a historical figure. Most people agree that Jesus Christ was a good, moral man. Most people agree that Jesus was a great religious teacher. And most people even agree that if you follow Jesus’ teachings, you will live a better, happier life. But that is about where most people stop.

Many people are not willing to say that Jesus Christ is God. They are not willing to say that Jesus Christ is divine. Josh McDowell said, “Why don’t the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius offend people? The reason is that these others didn’t claim to be God, but Jesus did.”

Today, I want to show you that, not only was Jesus a great teacher, not only did Jesus teach us about God, but Jesus Himself claimed to be God. For that is where the rubber meets the road. If Jesus Christ is not God, then He is of no more consequence than other religious, moral, or philosophical teachers. He would rank no higher than Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, Muhammad, Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama. But if Jesus is who He says He is then that is a situation that we all must deal with.

1. First of all, I want us to look at Jesus’ claims of divinity.

2. The second thing I want you to notice is that Jesus acted in the stead of God.

3. The third thing I want us to notice is that the testimony of other Bible writers back up Jesus’ claims that He is God.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “Come Fill My Heart” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

If God Created the Universe, then You Will Have to Deal With that God (Meeting God at the Crossroads of Faith, Science, Truth & Reason)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #49 (REVISED EDITION) | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Hebrews 11:1-3: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

There is a lot of misunderstanding about faith nowadays. Some people believe that faith actually contradicts facts. Michael Shermer, editor of The Skeptical Inquirer, scoffed that, “The whole point of faith is to believe regardless of the evidence, which is the very antithesis of science.”

I believe that Mr. Shermer is mistaken in his view. There are many ways in which scientific evidence actually backs up what many people believe by faith. However, scientific evidence is not sufficient to facilitate a belief in God or in the saving work of Jesus Christ. There are many people who accept the evidence that points to the existence of God and the saving work of Jesus Christ. Yet many of these people still have not placed their trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. That is the step that takes faith. One can not simply accept the facts. One must act on the facts to be saved.

The available evidence from the latest scientific research is convincing more and more scientists that facts support faith. For those of you who are the more intellectual type, today, I want to share with you some ideas regarding faith, science, truth, and reason that I believe will help you make the decision to begin a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

On this matter of faith and science, notice with me three things:

1. God is the God of faith and reason.

2. God is the God of truth.

3. God is the God of personal relationships.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “Heaven Bound” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

God’s Answers to Atheists

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #48 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Psalm 14:1: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

Psalm 53:1: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.”

If you have been following the changes in our society and culture, you have no doubt heard of a group of people called the “new atheists.” Their numbers are growing at a rapid pace. A recent Gallup poll reports that five percent of Americans say they don’t believe in God. That may seem like a small number, but in reality, it isn’t, considering that just seven years ago, only one percent of Americans called themselves atheists.

Though there are many of these so-called “new atheists”, three of them stand out because they have written bestselling books over the past few years that promote their views. Their names are Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens who died last year. Previously, atheism carried a stigma with it; people didn’t come out and publicly declare themselves atheists because it was looked down upon. But these “new atheists” are very aggressive in their beliefs. They not only condemn belief in God, they condemn those who have respect and tolerance for a belief in God. To them, religion is not just wrong; it’s evil, and they say society would be better without it.

Someone once told the story of a philosophy professor who was teaching a course and he warned the class that he was going to give them a test the next day. When the day came, he entered the classroom, placed his chair on his desk and, turning to the blackboard, he wrote, “Prove to me this chair does not exist.”

Most of the nervous students began intently scribbling out a long answer. But one member of the class wrote down just two words, and then handed his paper to the teacher.

On the paper, the student had wrote: “What chair?”

I think this is often what happens when a determined atheist is asked to prove what he believes. He simply looks around and asks, “What God? I don’t see Him.”

Yet, if an atheist were to honestly look at the world, I believe he would see numerous reasons to believe in the existence of God. Now, the fact of the matter is, no one can conclusively prove or disprove the existence of God. You cannot put God in a testube and examine Him. But what we can do is provide reasons for our beliefs, and that is what I wish to do today.

On yesterday, we talked about how the incredible order of the universe, the precise design of the human body, and the coming of Jesus Christ to earth are all reasons to believe in God. Today, I want to show you three answers which God gives to atheists’ objections to His existence.

1. The first answer is the fact that there is morality in human nature.

2. The second answer which God gives to atheists is the fact that there is spirituality in human nature.

3. The third answer which God gives to atheists is the fact that so many people have given their testimony of a relationship with God.

+ Plus, listen to Ricky Dillard and New G singing “God is Great” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”